THR appointment process at Mayo Clinic
I had a phone interview with Mayo Clinic Rochester this past week and was asked about the typical where it hurts and why I am requesting the appointment, etc but I was not asked about sending them any records and I am curious as to what to expect at this point.
My situation – I am 68 yo and my PCP sent me to have a EMG, and both that Dr. and my PCP came to the conclusion I need a hip replacement. My PCP requested the EMG due to 2 years ago I had a lumbar fusion, l1, l2, l3, l4, l5, s1 (previous ruptured disc's and associated laminectomy for each level spread over 25 years). I have not had a specific xray/mri for my hip, but had an mri for my latest back surgery, and multiple followup xrays. I also had images from an emergency gall bladder surgery 3 years ago. It was among those images the Dr. that did the EMG saw narrowing and a cyst in my right hip joint. The scheduler I spoke to at Mayo suggested that those images might be all that is needed for the Orthopedic department to look at to make a determination for giving me an appointment – but she did not say anything about getting those images, or any records, to them. I don't believe my old mri's and xrays fully show my hip image, but the 3 year old images taken when diagnosing my gall bladder issue did, and I am considerably worse off, pain and mobility wise, than I was back then and it is obvious the pain I currently am in in my hip area.
It's only been 4 business days since talking to Mayo, and maybe I'm just being paranoid about me dropping the ball on hopefully getting an appointment with them but I am wondering just what others were required/requested to do during their initial interview.
To perhaps complicate things, that I'm now having 2nd thoughts about, I asked about getting a 2nd opinion about neck issues (previous 2 level fusion) with pain radiating down both of my arms. The surgeon that did my most recent lumbar fusion said he could only add another fusion level and he didn't recommend it due to the additional lack of movement. For that appointment, Mayo asked me for a new MRI to be sent to them as the one done just over 2 years ago was no longer valid – which adds to my confusion on the hip records. My hip is definitely my primary issue but traveling to Rochester from Colorado, I was hoping to get that 2nd opinion for now in one trip, even if it's extended a few days longer, and returning at a later date if my neck could be improved with surgery, or ???